On Monday, the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office released all files related to its ongoing investigation Rust shooting. Among the materials that Yahoo Entertainment has received are photos and videos from the crime scene. Two videos handed over to police show Alec Baldwin, practicing with a vintage Colt revolver, moments before he shot film photographer Halyna Hutchins deadly.
On the recordings, Baldwin is seen sitting on a church chair and rehearsing. He is dressed in a western suit and looks down at the ground. Near the end of the two-minute clip, he reaches his right hand into his jacket and pulls the gun and points it at the camera.
Baldwin, who is facing an unjustified death case from Hutchins’ widower, said during his ABC News interview that he did not pull the trigger. Baldwin explained that he and Hutchins blocked the scene and that he was only moving “in her direction.”
“This was a marking exercise,” Baldwin declared. “And [Hutchins] says to me: ‘Keep the gun lower. Go right. Okay, right there. Okay, do it. Now show it a little bit lower. ‘ And she makes me place the gun. … She guides me through how she wants me to hold the gun for this angle. “
The gun “ended up being aimed just below” Hutchins’ armpit, according to Baldwin. The actor said he was told on the set that it was a “cold gun”, meaning there was no sharp ammunition in the revolver. Among the recently released documents are interviews between Baldwin and the police, and he repeated the same thing.
During an interview with Detective Hancock, Baldwin said that his finger had been on the trigger, but that he did not pull on it. Baldwin said he had pulled the gun’s hammer about three-quarters of the way back and then released it before running.
Hutchins, 42, was killed when the revolver went off on October 21st. Director Joel Souza was also injured. During an interview with police at the hospital, Souza noted how the armor man, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, told Baldwin that the gun was “cold” or “clean.”
In a text message released by the police, the film says propmaster, Sarah Zachry, told another Rust crew member that Gutierrez-Reed had wanted to use fake weapons on the set, but Baldwin did not.
“Alec never liked anything fake, like weapons and even the rubber knife,” she wrote. “He always wanted the right knife, but in the end I gave him the rubber without him knowing. He always wanted his real gun.”
Two days after the shooting, Zachry texted Baldwin: “I really pray for you and hope you find rest soon.”
Baldwin replied, “You are nice and kind.” He later added: “This sheriff’s department will still not tell me I will not be charged [with] something.”
Hutchins’ widower, Matt, gave his own interview two months ago and told NBC News he was “just so angry” when he saw Baldwin’s interview back in December. Baldwin spoke “of her death so publicly in such a detailed manner and then of not taking any responsibility after having just described having killed her.”
“It almost sounds like he was the victim,” Matt Hutchins told Hoda Kotb. “Hearing him blame Halyna in the interview and shifting the responsibility to others and seeing him cry over it, I just feel, should we really feel bad about you, Mr. Baldwin?”
Baldwin said he feels “acquitted” after the New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Bureau released its report last week.
“We are grateful to the New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Bureau for investigating this matter. the report that Mr Baldwin’s authority on the production was limited to approving script changes and creative casting, “a lawyer for the actor said in a statement. “Mr. Baldwin had no authority over the cases that were the subject of the Bureau’s findings of violations, and we are pleased that New Mexico officials have clarified these critical issues. We are confident that the persons identified in the report will be held responsible for this tragedy. “